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The Weeknd Live at Lollapalooza

DPS Touring joined The Weeknd and “Earned It” at Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza day one took place on an over 90-degree summer scorcher in Chicago’s Grant Park and the best way to close it was with The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye).

 

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The Weeknd has been hyperbolized as the pop star of his generation — and it looks like he at least got the diva part of it down by starting his 90-minute headlining set over 15 minutes late. But what a set it was!

The comparisons to stars like Michael Jackson and Maxwell is not for naught as he crooned over “High For This” and the very NSFW “Often.” I got goose bumps when Tesfaye stopped singing and the crowd finished the lyrics for him during “Earned It.” The delight could be seen across the mostly 25-and-under crowd. The Weeknd has given new meaning to the term “bedroom R&B” throughout the punctuated performance that featured Tesfaye on his own under a glow of red lights and strobes while his band was set way apart on risers. The Weeknd brought the energy that was wanted for Lollapalooza’s opening night and one happy fan was happy to send her bra onto the stage to congratulate him.

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The Weeknd has always been an experimenter, but if this performance was any indication, he is quickly moving beyond the confines of his brand of alternate R&B into a world of more pure pop, and a huge crowd is sure to follow him.

 

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